Wolves are going to be able to take things easy and not even bother sending out a full-strength team for this game. They are 4-0 up in the tie and are likely just going to cruise through to the playoff round. Their Armenian opponents probably know the jig is up. Read our Wolves v Pyunik betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 12th, 2019 at 8:04 p.m.)
It was a romp for Wolves in the first leg of third qualifying round tie of the Europa League. Should they complete the job successfully then they are going to go through to potentially face Italian side Torino in the playoff round. Two goals from Raul Jimenez, an opener from Matt Doherty and then a penalty in the final minute from Ruben Neves has left Wolves fully in control of this tie.
With the Premier League just having started up, there’s no need to throw too much at this second leg. Incidentally, Wolves played out a 0-0 draw at Leicester on the weekend in their first Premier League game. That’s four games played in total this season from Wolves in all competitions, three of them have been on the road. Their one home game saw them beat Crusaders 2-0 at Molineux in the second qualifying round. It’s just one goal they have conceded in their four games.
The first leg was the first meeting between the teams
Yerevan side Pyunik are sliding out of the competition then it would seem. They have already had some interesting ties. They opened with a 5-4 aggregate win in the first round over Shkupi before edging Jablonec 2-1 on aggregate in the second qualifying round. But they were just blown away by much higher quality opposition in the form of Wolves. Pyunik’s record over their last nine Europa League games is W3 D3 L3. If you focus on only their away games, then the feedback isn’t good news for them. They have lost five of their last eight Europa League road games (W2 D1).
We can just see this as being a low key game with Wolves probably making plenty of changes to their starting eleven from the weekend. Because of that, we’ll have a look at a slow start leading to parity at the break before the visitors run out of steam and Wolves win.
13th August 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting
Wolves step forward into the third qualifying round of the Europa League and they are red hot favourites to get a win on the board in this home leg. Will this be as comfortable for the English Premier League side against their Armenian opponents as the bookies think? Read our Pyunik v Wolves betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 5th, 2019 at 10:15 p.m.)
Armenian side Pyunik who play out of Yerevan, started in the first qualifying round of this season’s Europa League. They went up against Skhupi there and in a high-scoring tie, progressed 5-4 on aggregate. That put them through to the second qualifying round where they took on Jablonec and there the Armenians won 2-1 on aggregate. So steady progress from them so far.
In their last eight Europa League games, they are W3 D3 L2, which have all been qualification matches. They have never been past the third qualifying round of a UEFA competition, which is where they fell last season against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Pyunik have a little bit of European home form going.
They are undefeated in their last five home games in UEFA Competition, losing in just one of their last nine (W4 D4 L1). They have three clean sheets in their last five home European games. They were runners up in the Armenian Premier League last season.
This is the first meeting between the two clubs
Wolves posted a 6-1 aggregate win over Northern Ireland’s Crusaders in the second qualifying round. That was their point of entry for the season’s campaign. Because they haven’t played in Europe since the early 1980s before this campaign, there is nothing really to look back at for current trends. Jota scored a goal in each leg of their tie against Crusader, which Raul Jimenez got himself a brace away from home in the second leg.
Jimenez was their big summer signing from Benfica, so he’s off to a good start. This is now the extra burden of having qualified for Europe thanks to their seventh-place finish in the Premier League last term. Thursday night games can be diffiicult and this one is right ahead of their first Premier League game of the season on Sunday against Leicester.
You would imagine that if Wolves get a couple of goals ahead then they will ease back knowing the job is done. They will want something in the tank for their Premier League opener out on the road at Leicester. Wolves are good enough to take a win to nil.
7th August 2019 / lee - Category: Europa League Betting